This article is part of the R365 Financial Report Writer training on Building Reports.  Click here for more information on Building Reports and click here for more information on R365 Financial Report Writer 

The 'Custom Financial Reports' list located in the 'Reports' subsection in both the Accounting and Operations Modules is where you can view, create, and edit Templates for your Custom Financial Reports.  

The R365 Financial Report Writer includes several example Templates and Reports that can be ran 'out-of-the-box' once the service has been enabled and provisioned.  These Templates are a great starting point for you as you start building your own Custom Financial Reports.  As described above, each Template also has an associated Report that is generated once the Template is saved. 

This article will describe the following:

  • View your list of Templates and which Template is used on a particular Report
  • Create a New Template - based off of an existing Template or from scratch
  • Modify a Template Name and Template Header information
  • Open, Edit or Delete Templates
  • Template Rows and Columns will not be described in this article.  Click here for more information on Template Rows and Template Columns

Templates List

When the 'Custom Financial Reports' list is first loaded, the 'Reports' tab will be selected by default.  Click 'Templates' to navigate to the Templates tab and view your list of existing Templates, as well as create new Templates, or modify existing Templates.

1) Templates / Reports Tab Selector - Toggle this selector to switch from the list of Templates to the list of Reports

2) Create Template Button - Click this button to open a prompt where you can Create a New Template

3) Search - Search for Templates by Name in this field

4) Quick Filters - Click each quick filter to view all Templates in each Template Category

5) Template List - Templates that are included in the selected Template Category / Search Results will be displayed in this list

6) Default Indicator - Indicates that the Template is part of the Default or Example reports that are provided with the R365 Financial Report Writer

Creating a Template

You can create a Template using the following methods:

  1. Click 'Create Template' on the Template list

  2. Click '+ Create New Template' on the 'Create Report' prompt

  3. Open an existing Template (either from the Template list, or from the Template link on a Report) then click 'New Template' in the top left corn of the screen

After any of the aforementioned methods are clicked, the 'Create new report template' prompt will appear where you will select what the new Template will be 'Based off of'.  

Options include:

  • Profit & Loss
  • Profit & Loss (Date Range)
  • Balance Sheet
  • Trial Balance

Once you select an option, the 'Template Name' line will appear where you must enter a Name for the Template.  Next, click 'Create' to create the Template and open the Template Builder screen.

Template Builder

The Template Builder is where you will create or modify your Templates.  The top section contains the 'New Template', Template selector, and 'Edit Template' buttons.  Immediately below is the Template Header section where you can enter the Name that will appear on each Report that is built off of this Template.  Finally, below the Template Header section are the Rows and Columns.

Template Builder Options

1) New Template Button - Click this button at any time to create a new Template

2) Template Selector - Select a Template to view or modify.  If the Template is a 'Default' Template, the 'Default' box will be displayed after selection (as shown above)

3) Edit Template Button - Click this button to Edit the selected Template.  Doing so will change the page layout to allow you to click into the Template Header section, and both the Rows and Columns sections for editing

Template Header Section

1) Report Name Text field (as it will be displayed when running the Report) - Enter the Report Name as it will appear at the top of the Report each time the Report is ran.  You can manipulate the appearance of this text by using the Formatting Tools (#4)

2) Header Type - Select the Report Header Type.  Options include the following:

  • None - No Header or Report Title will be included
  • Title - Only a single Title line will be displayed
  • Title + Subtitle - The Report Title line will appear first, followed by a Subtitle line

3) Time Frame as Subtitle Checkbox - Check this box to make the Subtitle line consist of the Time Frame of the Report.  For example, if running for 'Period 9, 2019', the Subtitle line would contain 'Period 9, 2019'

4) Formatting Tools - Use these standard formatting tools to modify the appearance of the Report Title

5) Subtitle Text field - If 'Time Frame as Subtitle' is unchecked, you can manually enter a Subtitle for the Report in this field


Rows are saved as 'Row Layouts' and will be covered in the Rows Training


Similar to Rows, Columns are saved as 'Column Layouts' and will be covered in the Column Training